July 6, 2010 - An equipment failure at a natural gas well injured 2 workers in June 2010 in an incident that occurred in the Gaines Township of Northern Pennsylvania.
While the Pennsylvania work accident was initially reported to have been a natural gas explosion, a director at the Department of Environmental Protection stated that equipment was to blame. According to reports, one injured worker suffered skull lacerations after being hit in the head with a piece of metal, while the other suffered broken ribs. Both were flown to Robert Packer Hospital where they were treated for their injuries.
According to the Department of Environmental Protection, the cause of the worksite accident was probably "excessive pressure in the hammer union", but the director questioned whether the union had been properly installed. The well, which was being prepared for production, was shut down for further investigation. The Tioga County Emergency Management Agency called the incident an industrial accident.
Authorities didn't know the conditions of the workers immediately following the worksite accident, but said that just because they were airlifted didn't mean that their injuries were necessarily life-threatening.
Meanwhile, preparation of the natural gas well was restarted, and production is expected to remain on schedule. There is an ongoing investigation to determine how the worksite accident occurred.
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